Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bruzzone Family

John and Berna Bruzzone planted an acre of Chardonnay in Scotts Valley 1999. Then in 2005 they planted a second, 7 acre vineyard about half a mile away.
The wines are made by Matt Oetinger at Fernwood Cellars. Current production is around 200 cases; this is expected to increase to over 500 cases once the new vines are fully mature and will also include a Pinot Noir.

2007 Estate Chardonnay
Straw yellow colour, with a nose of buttered toast, baked apple and vanilla.
It's creamy with some lemon notes. The acidity is light and it shows lots of oak, particularly on the finish. It's well made but there's too much oak for my taste. 84 $27

2008 Estate Chardonnay
The 2008 vintage was harvested 3 weeks later than the 2007 and includes some fruit from the new vineyard. This has the same straw colour as the 2007, but the oak is much less obvious. Nose of lemon and stone, good apple and lemon fruit flavours, more acidity and a clean, crisp finish. 88 $27